NEW YORK (
) - The Blackberry Z10 is coming! The Blackberry Z10 is coming!
After nearly two months since its formal introduction in New York, U.S. customers will be able to buy a
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Z10 of their own this month. The anticipation of the new model helped fuel a 12 percent advance in Research in Motion Ltd's U.S.-traded shares to $14.62, its biggest gain in five weeks.
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this morning announced said it will begin selling the Canadian company's new touchscreen smartphone beginning Friday, March 22. Dallas-based AT&T is expected to sell the handset for $199.99 along with a two-year service commitment. AT&T will start accepting pre-orders for the Z10 beginning tomorrow, March 12. Shares of AT&T slipped 0.6 percent to $36.48.
The Z10 is the first new Blackberry device to operate on the company's overhauled operating system. When a proper AT&T SIM card is placed inside the phone, users will be able to utilize the company's speedy 4G/LTE network.
We've discovered, with our test unit, that the same model Blackberry can also run on
U.S. network. There are also settings that indicate that the phone will be one of the first take advantage of T-Mobile's LTE system. The German carrier is expected to
for their own Z10 - to business customers - for $249.99.
A second Blackberry model, the Q10 with a physical QWERTY keyboard, is expected to hit the stores beginning in May.
--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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